Yesterday, Judge Otero (C.D. Cal.) dismissed Stormy Daniels’ (Stephanie Clifford’s) defamation suit she filed against President Trump in April (originally filed in SDNY, but transferred by agreement of the parties), applying the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA or Texas Anti-SLAPP statute).  PDF Order The dispute regarded an April 18, 2018 tweet by the leader of…

On October 11, 2018, the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), AKA the Musical Works Modernization Act, became law.   A person may by complying with the provisions of this section obtain a compulsory license to make and distribute phonorecords of a nondramatic musical work, including by means of digital phonorecord delivery.

PTAB to Change Patent Claim Construction Standard To be published in the Federal Register tomorrow [get complete draft here], to be effective 30 days after publication (but actually 33 days due to weekend and Veterans’ Day) on 11/13/2018: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Part 42 [Docket No. PTO-P-2018-0036] RIN…

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that retransmission of copyrighted works over the Internet are not eligible for compulsory licenses under 17 U.S.C. Section 111, which are available to “cable systems.”  Compulsory licenses generally equate to less economic return for copyright owners, so organizations such as Fox,…

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